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Q4 My essay is a little over words. A4 No, essays must be words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count. Q5 Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit? A5 No, the word count limit is for the body of the essay only. Q6 Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6 No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file. Q7 Can I give any title to my essay? A7 Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme. Q8 Is there a specific format for the essay font style, size, line space, etc.

A8 There are no particular rules regarding formatting. Q9 Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference? A9 If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count. Q10 Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay? Please send your essay only. Q11 Can I submit my essay via email? A11 No, we do not accept entries by email.

Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page: Q12 Can I submit a hand-written essay? A12 Yes, we accept hand-written essays.

You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page: Q13 Can I submit more than one essay? A13 Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages.

Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online. Q14 Can I submit my essay in my native language? A14 Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15 Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team? Q16 I did not receive a confirmation email after submitting my essay. How can I make sure that my essay has been successfully submitted and received?

A16 You will not receive a confirmation email after submitting your essay. If your essay has been successfully submitted, it will appear on the list. Deadline is approaching, check it out! And if you were to submit something previously published on Kindle or Smashwords or the like — could you take it down for a period and still be considered? Some specify whether situations like self-publication are acceptable or not. That feels like a risky gamble that might get you in trouble.

Thanks for posting this list. When it comes to short stories, I never think about competitions and always look for publications instead. Thanks, Kelly, for this interesting article and list. One does have to watch out for scams and ineffective ways of publishing your work. And entering legitimate writing contests sounds a lot more challenging and rewarding. When I was a college student, I had written some poems and essays, and was encouraged by friends to get them published. Learned my lesson to avoid being so vain.

There are different fees listed on the site, as follows:. Sadly, there are all sorts of ways writers and wannabe writers can fall into the wrong hands, from scam competitions to content mills that pay pennies per word. This site is a great place to start. I never sent in any money I was told I could win cash, and prizes, and my name can be in this analogy. Great list of resources for free contests. Appreciate the time it takes to curate such a list and so glad you shared it with us.

Is there any writing contest in Peabody and I never public a book but can I still enter the writing contest is there more writing contest for Peabody with out scams??? Thanks for chiming in, Cathy — good to know! This is well time for me and I am excited. I love to write as well! Its not childish and stupid. I work on it about every other day or when I get time. Could you experienced authors give me some tips? Appreciate this list, my writing goal for this year- well, one of them, is to seek new writing and publishing opportunities and challenges.

We provide a contest where you get paid either way, so long as you make the cut. With the membership fee you can enter all of our contests at no charge. I have a short story of my stolen childhood.. It has touched a lot of ppl nd its very deep.. A lot of ppl who have read it has gained goose bumps nd a lot of others has related a lot to it.. I have councillors stating I should get it published as its very helpful to thoughts who have been through similar.. I write a lot about life nd the deeper I go with my words the more ppl feel it..

I have had a few ppl state they felt like it was happening to them the words stand out so much.. It would be a great honor if u could pls give me some advice on where or how to start.. If u could pls email me I will be an honour. Fiction and nonfiction writing contests Ready to share your novel or personal essay with the world?

Tony Hillerman Prize Presented by St. Francis College Literary Prize This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. See individual contest pages. Annually on December 1. Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Contest Hektoen International, an online journal dedicated to medical humanities, offers two prizes annually for essays of no more than 1, words in two categories. FutureScapes Writing Contest Want to change the world? Annually; deadline for is TBD.

Poetry contests Curious about opportunities for poets? Annually on March 1. See individual prize pages. Writing contests with multiple categories Some contests accept submissions in multiple categories, so you could submit a novella as well as a poem or other work. Annually; May 4, Where to find more legitimate, free writing contests Looking for more opportunities to submit your work to writing contests? Winning Writers A number of the contests found on our list came highly recommended by this site, which compiles some of the best free literary contests out there.

Are you planning to enter any writing contests this year? This post originally ran in February We updated it in April Kelly Gurnett Kelly Gurnett runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits and is growing her own freelance writing, editing and blogging empire day by day. Featured resource Creative Class Move from irregular client work and crappy pay to being a freelance leader in your field. February 16, at 6: February 16, at February 17, at 6: March 8, at March 9, at 3: October 14, at 6: August 14, at 8: January 10, at 8: November 15, at 8: February 24, at 5: March 27, at 5: May 17, at July 20, at 1: September 19, at 3: February 19, at February 19, at 1: November 11, at 4: February 28, at 1: February 18, at 7: April 19, at 7: June 8, at 8: June 23, at July 16, at 6: July 17, at 6: July 26, at 2: September 27, at October 26, at 9: January 19, at 5: February 16, at 9: January 9, at April 3, at 1: January 10, at 6: March 26, at 3: March 26, at 5: March 26, at 6: October 30, at 2: December 13, at 8: Susan Wittig Albert says: February 16, at 8: Heather van der Hoop says: February 17, at 7: February 18, at 2: February 17, at July 26, at 1: December 30, at February 16, at 2: June 7, at 4: June 16, at 1: Carmen van Vuuren says: September 9, at 5: November 14, at 1: February 17, at 1: February 17, at 4: February 18, at 1: February 27, at 2: April 18, at 6: March 5, at 2: March 6, at 5: June 29, at 3: February 26, at 6: July 6, at February 18, at 8: February 28, at 5: March 3, at 9: February 18, at 9: February 22, at 7: March 31, at 4: Dawn Paoletta breathoffaith says: March 16, at 3: March 17, at 3: April 8, at 8:

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The is a Mini Essay Writing Contest at harleos.cf and there is no entry fee. The top prize is $1, and three runner-ups can win $ each, which may be running bi-monthly. It is for really short essays with a limit of 1, words.

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Opening date: 1st July Closing Date: 31st August First Prize: £ Second Prize: £ Third Prize: £ The winning essay will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, and the second and third placed essays will appear on our website. Writing Contests - Poetry, Short Story, Essay, Screenwriting & More. On this page, you’ll find the web’s best and most updated selection of writing contests. If you’ve got a way with making your words come to life, try your hand at a poetry contest. If you’re a teen, there’s a special category of teen writing contests just for you.

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Freedom from Religion Foundation sponsors William J. Schulz High School Essay Competition with cash awards. This scholarship contest is open to North American high school seniors who graduate in spring , going on to college in fall Scholarship Essay Competition Terms & Conditions: Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 on 1 st July , and currently studying at high school. The students must complete the essays independently – they must be original non-plagiarised work. The closing date for scholarship applications is 1 st of December at GMT. .